Antone Exum: why the ‘Dennis Rodman of the NFL’ turned to surrealist pop

After an injury ended his career, the ‘Dennis Rodman of the NFL’ has swapped the pitch for the studio. ‘I want to be as free as possible,’ he says

A few years into his NFL career, Antone Exum Jr showed up for training with his nails and toes painted. “People were like: ‘Bro, what the fuck?’” he laughs now from his home in Richmond, Virginia, his cropped turquoise hair accentuated by matching eye makeup. “They were so shocked.” It soon became a regular occurrence, with Exum dubbed “the Dennis Rodman of football” in honour of his outre style.

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